The Lumineers/Cold War Kids/J. Roddy Walston and the Business

The unlikely ascendency to arena status of two folky guys from Jersey and a classical cellist is more than enough testament to the virulence of the Americana movement in the early 21st century. Denver-based the Lumineers' 2012 eponymous debut album and stomp-and-shout-along hit "Ho Hey" rapidly caught on and led to two Grammy nominations and now appearances in cavernous palaces. Folk roots, pop hooks, buoyant choruses, a deep nostalgic factor, and a kind of uplifting earnestness have made the Lumineers shine, especially when you toss in the odd meditation on love and pain. Cold War Kids' Nathan Willett likes to shout too, but his declarations are streaked with blues and soul influences, and the context is more rock-oriented. With former Modest Mouse guitarist Dann Gallucci on board, CWK have returned to prickly, focused form on their new, anthem-rich Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. The business of Tennessee-bred, Baltimore-based J. Roddy Walston is gloriously raucous, Southern-fried, Zeppelin- and Stones-informed rock 'n' roll fired by honky tonk piano, searing electric guitars, and Walston's raspy shouts.
Fri., May 31, 7:30 p.m., 2013

 
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